The film opens on a woodcutter and a priest sitting beneath the Rajomon city gate to stay dry in a downpour. A commoner joins them and they tell him that they have witnessed a disturbing story, which they then begin recounting to him. The woodcutter claims he found the body of a murdered samurai three days earlier while looking for wood in the forest; upon discovering the body, he says, he fled in a panic to notify the authorities. The priest says that he saw the samurai with his wife traveling the same day the murder happened. Both men were then summoned to testify in court, where they met the captured bandit Tajomaru, who claimed responsibility for killing the samurai and raping his wife.
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This movie focuses on three travelers who seek refuge in Rashomon. Two of them have come from a court hearing and pondering over the intricacies and nuances of the various stories provided by the witnesses. The third traveler listens to these stories and becomes equally intrigued. Finally at the end of the movie all the pieces come together which leaves humanity of humans in question.
I would suggest this movie on a slow peaceful day when you are in a brilliant mood and completely relaxed.
Intriguing story of a crime being told from the differing points of view , including that of the victim, the suspect, and a witness ... w/ the truth to be found somewhere in between .... about cowardice , heroism and humanity.
Like all classic films, it surpasses place and time .... Brilliant!!! ...... A must see for all film buffs !!!